Liftease has been developed to improve usability and outcomes from
existing sling-lift devices. Firstly, Liftease is very strong. We do not
believe it can be damaged in use. Liftease is designed to increase cow
comfort by preventing or reducing sweating inside fully-enclosed slings.
When used for longer periods, these can lead to skin ulcers and hide
damage. Liftease is easy to use. It is recommended that the cow is first
lifted by a hip-clamp device, but if such a device is not available, the
cow can be rolled onto the Liftease, or the Liftease can simply be
pulled through under the down animal. The Liftease lift straps each have
three lift loops, to give variation of lift height. These loops are
designed to fit on a silage fork, and are less likely to slip off than
metal hooks. Liftease is designed to lift up to 2,000kg without risk.
This strap has been developed at Shoof to assist when lifting a cow with a hip clamp device. Whilst the clamp lifts the rear of the cow, the belly strap can be used behind her front legs for more comfortable lifting (as recommend on the DairyNZ website). The strap is 2.4m ring-to-ring, and has 20cm-wide belly support. A practical way to use this strap is with the hip clamp on one side fork, the strap is used on the other side, with a connecting chain of the right length. (The cow will be cross-ways to the tractor).